A Selective Process

Applying to an EMBA program requires a significant investment of your time and resources. Before starting an application, our admissions team will reach out to you to learn more about your goals and background, to ensure that our EMBA program is the right fit for you, and that you are a good fit for the program. We believe that this personalized approach is essential in helping prospective students make informed decisions about their educational journey and to ensure that they get the most out of their experience at our school.  

Our team is always available to answer any questions you may have and to assist you with your application. We do not require any commitment or fee to start an application. Our goal is to make the process as transparent and straightforward as possible, so you can focus on what matters most: your education and career growth.  

To find our if you are a good fit for the program, submit your resume or LinkedIn profile and a member of our team will connect with you to answer your questions and discuss your options.  

Program Details

Length 14 months
Start Date July 2023
Work Experience Best fit for anyone with more than 10 years of work experience, including 7+ years of management experience.

Our Executive MBA program is designed specifically for mid-career professionals from diverse industry backgrounds. We seek to attract the best and brightest candidates from around the world, and our program is highly selective. 

Admission Criteria

Our Executive MBA program is highly selective and competitive, with a limited number of spots available each year. We take a rigorous and comprehensive approach to the admissions process, carefully reviewing each applicant’s qualifications and experience to ensure they meet the program’s standards. 

  • 4-year bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • B average (73-77%) in the two most recent years of university study
  • Considerable work experience, including a significant amount in a managerial capacity (7+ years)
  • Demonstration of English proficiency (written and oral)
  • Exceptions: DeGroote will consider non-degree applicants if they have a minimum of 12-years managerial experience. If candidates fall short on work experience or degree requirements, they will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may be required to write a GMAT.

Admission Process

If you are applying to the EMBA program, the following lays out our admission process step-by-step:

  1. Initial interview with EMBA admissions team to:
    • Discuss candidacy and qualifications
    • Book interview with EMBA Academic Director if moving forward with application
  2. In-person or Zoom interview with Academic Director to:
    • Determine fit and discuss expectations
    • Determine if additional requirements are needed (TOEFL/IELTS for international candidates and/or GMAT for candidates that do not meet the minimum work experience or degree requirements)
  3. Invitation to apply (if eligible).* A full application will include:
    • Official transcript (under seal) from each post-secondary institution attended
    • Two professional references/letters of recommendation
    • Letter from employer confirming support of applicant in taking this program
    • TOEFL/IELTS and/or GMAT if required
    • Application fee
  4. DeGroote will assess applications on a rolling (continuous) basis. As fewer seats become available, competition increases for those remaining. Typically, we will make an admission decision within a week of receipt of a complete application.

*An invitation to apply does not guarantee admission.

Common Questions

Do you still have questions about our admissions process? We have done our best to capture as many of those questions as possible. If you do not see the answer you are looking for, feel free to contact us

Our EMBA program is 14-month commitment, beginning in July and finishing in September the following year. Most of the program is online with four in-person residencies in September (Module 1), February (Module 2), May (Module 3 – Silicon Valley), and September (Module 4). You can find more details in the program details section.

The EMBA is designed for candidates who have considerable work experience, including a significant amount in a managerial capacity (7+ years). They represent a globally diverse group spanning healthcare, technology, retail, IT, entertainment and more. Their backgrounds and experience may vary, but our candidates recognize the impact that digital transformation is having or will have on their respective jobs and industries.

All applicants will submit a current resume/CV along with two professional references, an employer letter of support, and official post-secondary transcripts. For a full list of our admission requirements, check out the admissions page or contact our team for more specific questions.

The Executive MBA program starts in July and concludes in September of the following year, totalling 14 months. There are four residencies throughout the program with the following schedule: September, February, May, and September. Each residency runs for 8-12 consecutive days.

Residencies take place at the Ron Joyce Centre campus in Burlington, Ontario, with one residency in Silicon Valley, California. Between residencies, work is conducted virtually. Please refer to the “Program” page for more information on each module/residency.

The program’s four residencies are full-time and in-person, including weekends, and are 12 days in length, with the exception of the Silicon Valley residency which is 8 days. Between residencies, students will learn online in a predominantly asynchronous capacity and can expect approximately 20 hours of work per week.

Tuition is $95,335 (CAD) and includes all course materials, accommodation, most meals, and transportation during residencies. It does not cover transportation to or from a residency (i.e. airfare to California), nor a small fee set by Student Services at the start of the program (approx. $260).


The Executive MBA program is designed for candidates who have considerable work experience, including significant experience in a managerial capacity (7+ years). Candidates represent a globally diverse group spanning healthcare, technology, retail, IT, entertainment and more. Their backgrounds and experience may vary, but candidates recognize the need to update their core business skills and knowledge and recognize the impact that digital transformation is having or will have on their respective jobs and industries.

On average, the program has 25 students per cohort. A small class size allows students to enhance their personal learning journey, allowing them to make deep connections to the subject matter and leverage the expertise of their close-knit student network.

A GMAT is not required if you meet our standard eligibility requirements (7+ years of management experience, and a 4-year undergraduate degree with a B average in the two most recent years of study). If a candidate falls short on either work experience or degree requirements, a GMAT may be requested.

Non-degree applicants will be considered if they have a minimum 12 years of managerial experience. You are encouraged to reach out if you have any questions or concerns about your candidacy.

International students who attended an English-speaking post-secondary school, or have lived/worked in a country where English is the official language generally are not required to submit a language proficiency assessment. All decisions related to language proficiency are handled case-by-case and will be communicated during the admissions process.

Yes, in fact, almost 100% of students in the Executive MBA program maintain their full-time positions during the course of their studies. It is not a requirement to be employed, but the program is designed to work in tandem with your role, allowing you the opportunity to study without interrupting your career, and providing tools and learnings to apply in real-time.

Yes, a study permit is required. More information on study permits can be found on the Government of Canada website.

Yes, international students who graduate from the Executive MBA program are eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP). For more information, visit the Government of Canada’s PGWPP website.

Key Dates

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling (continuous) basis.  When all seats are filled, applications will no longer be accepted.
  • 2023-2024 Cohort Online Orientation: July 10, 2023 (to be confirmed)


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